Sunday, July 12, 2020

BOMs Away - Beachwalk

Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)

Have you been feeling crabby lately?

I was, a little, while I was working on the trapunto stage for these guys.

But now they're finished, and it's pinned for the next layer of trapunto work before I move on to another block.

Devon and Cory were out here end of May to tell us they're getting married. Talking with her about what she would like for a wedding quilt, this flimsy in my To-be-Quilted closet kept calling to her, so that's the one!

"Beachwalk" is a McKenna Ryan pattern, one that I started before we moved away from the Florida northwest coast. And I just looked it up, and this BOM reached flimsy status back in October 2013!! I adore it, but the task of finishing it is monumental, so it always got pushed aside for something else when I could choose whatever I wanted to work on.

This BOM was a monthly kit, and it may very well be the last BOM/kit that I did not prewash fabrics for. It's been years, now, that I have prewashed even the smallest pieces in BOM kits (by hand in the sink, just let them air dry or press them dry), and what I've been dealing with today is just one of the reasons I do so.

There is a LOT of manufacturing stabilizer on this fabric!  I feel it on my fingers after every work session with it. It irritates my sinuses, with my chemical sensitivities. 

Most aggravating of all, the fusible web simply will not fuse with it. Even when I've tried adding a new layer of fusible, it releases edges and even whole pieces like crazy. So it's an extremely delicate job stitching these down. Thank goodness for my Purple Thang and seam ripper's tip! Not the happiest stitching situation for tension, either. 

Some of the pieces have come off altogether, and I've had to pin them in position. You can see all kinds of areas where it just lifts away from the layer beneath:

But, boy, will I love this quilt - and it will definitely be worthy of a wedding quilt for a Florida coast couple who enjoy the ocean and its denizens very much.

(And thank goodness I don't have this issue with any of my other McKenna Ryan quilt projects! All those got prewashed, and there is zero problem with the fusible staying "glued" down.

Oh - and during the weekdays, I work like crazy on this intense project so I can have the longarm for Beachwalk when I've finished the trapunto work. . .  

Heather's Med School Graduation Dahlia 
(a Judy Niemeyer pattern - Dinner Plate Dahlia)

It's got "brain cortex" in the outer border, smooth muscle cells on one petal section, and I'm working on the "DNA" parts in the black corner arches right now.
Skeletal muscle cells will be the fill for one of the intermediate background sections. 

Too fun!! Perfect for a pathologist in residency!

Wish it were all as fast and easy as these leafy feathers!!

Just the DNA arches to finish in the 40 wt. thread, then I'll switch to Microquilter 100 wt thread for the remaining fills. Looking forward to sharing it as a finish!


How is BOM type work going at your end?
Sure would love to see!

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up, 
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.

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  1. Dahlia looks to beautiful! Hope the mold situation is resolved and you're back to normal. Hope you can finish Hope you can get Beachwalk finished without getting sick. Maybe wearing a mask will help. Happy stitching!

  2. All I can say is WOW! I can see why your daughter loves that quilt. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding! It will be so so good to see this one finished as you are having so many struggles with it.

  3. The beach quilt is going to be fantastic! I'm sorry it's been fighting you with all those pieces that want to escape. I had no idea that the manufacturing sizing would affect the fusible like that. Good to know!

  4. Your longarm quilting is beautiful! It looks from here like you've mastered it. All I can say about "Beachwalk" is "good for you!" I admire your stick-to-it-iveness. That looks like a very challenging appliqué project. Without a doubt, the happy newlyweds will enjoy it when the time comes. Keep up the good work!

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